The varsity volleyball team traveled to Milton Academy for back-to-back matches against Milton and Miss Porter’s School to open their 2018 fall season. On their opening game day the team was victorious – earning two road wins to kick start their season!
In the opening game vs. Milton, good serving and solid passing were the keys to the Big Green’s 3-0 victory over Milton. Deerfield was able to put Milton on the defensive with tough serves from Georgia Quesnelle ‘19 and Daphne Gavros ‘22 and accurate passing by Nat Jimenez ‘20 and Camila Navarro ‘20 allowed setter Rosa Sun ‘21 to move the ball around to our front row hitters who controlled the net. In the third set, Rosa Sun went on a 13-point service run to give Deerfield a lead they would not relinquish.
Deerfield returned to the court for their second game of the day, to face a strong Miss Porter’s team. The Big Green was able to establish a lead with dominance at the net from middle hitters Kaelene Spang ‘19 and Evan Burkhart ‘21, so much so that MPS began triple-blocking our middle hitters. MPS was able to close the gap and finished off the set 24-26 to take a 1-0 lead. Abby Bracken ‘19 stepped up and played back row as well as front row, hustling for balls and providing on-court leadership. The second set saw more back-and-forth play from both teams; MPS had two match points, but Deerfield would not quit and despite the disappointing end to the first set, Deerfield rallied for an exhilarating 27-25 win in the second set. Deerfield did an excellent job getting out to strong starts in both the third and fourth sets to put MPS on the defensive and timely hitting and blocking from Izzy McDonald ‘20 helped put away the match. This match helped Deerfield volleyball establish the expectations of this season: grit and perseverance no matter what the situation. Well done!
On Wednesday, the varsity volleyball team travels to Worcester Academy where both varsity and JV will take the court for 4pm matches.